The experienced instructors at Body Experience Fitness Studio view closeness as a key ingredient to health. Their group studio accommodates a maximum of 18 students, allowing enough space for dynamic Zumba steps and reaching stretches while simultaneously preserving an air of intimacy. During classes, they foster the familiar atmosphere by giving personalized directions—yoga poses might shift to include challenging poses for advanced yogis or a supportive chair assist for beginners, and the tension of resistance bands can rise if pupils accidentally use pantyhose instead of sanctioned resistance bands.
Their curriculum includes lessons in varied fields, from boot-camp drills to Hatha sequences, and their histories are just as diverse. For example, trainer Shelly Haag entered the fitness industry to combat her fibromyalgia, and registered yoga teacher Heidi Rohrbeck simply seeks to augment the happiness of others. However, the staff shares the goal of holistic health improvement, regardless of age, body type, and limitations.
Natural sunlight streams in from the windows, illuminating the soft floors and a sturdy brass bar that extends the length of the mirrored wall. Here, a staff of expert instructors teaches students of all needs and goals in a range of cardio and strength-training fitness classes up to nine times a day.
Instructors specialize in Barre Method classes, drawing from classical dance techniques to work the entire body with free weights, a ballet barre, and human-size nutcrackers filled with sand. Additionally, they break out suspension straps for TRX training, mount stationary bikes during spin sessions, and push play on heart-thumping Latin music during cardio-centric Zumba dance classes.
While almost everything else that is five millennia old has fossilized, the ancient practice of yoga remains relevant. At The Yoga Studio of Shelby, teachers with a minimum of 200 training hours teach students the age-old art, which builds strength, enhances flexibility, and aids with stress management. The studio’s classes range from hot Vinyasa, which is a flowing style taught in an 85-degree room, to Hatha, where meditations help to clear students’ minds without making them forget their Social Security numbers. Expectant mothers can stretch with low-impact poses in prenatal-yoga classes. Studio workshops on partner yoga, meditation, and other specialty topics round out the schedule.
Staffed by a highly trained team of physicians, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians, Eastside Skin Care & Laser Center works to keep faces and physiques youthful with a suite of aesthetic services. Each visit kicks off with a personalized consultation before technicians perform Botox injections, spider-vein treatments, and skits about the discovery of laser hair removal by a clumsy CD-drive technician.
Level Health & Fitness builds fitter bodies with group classes and top-of-the-line cardio and weight-training equipment. Morning and evening fitness classes mold muscles, as instructors guide hip swivels in dance-based Zumba classes and full-body sweat sessions during boot camp. Solo exercisers can increase their heart rate on ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and step mills or build sinewy strength for boulder-hurling season using racks of free weights, balls, and bands. Postworkout, Level's contemporary Café Bar reenergizes spent frames with smoothies, protein shakes, and energy drinks. The complimentary Kids Club childcare keeps little ones busy with supervised games and arts and crafts while parents get their daily dose of burn. Separate bathroom facilities offer private lockers to stash valuables, towel service, and showers to wash away workout resin.
Lymphologists and lumberjacks concur that a Swedish massage is an invaluable ally in the ongoing quest for total health. Swedish massages employ several styles of expansive and ebbing strokes to relieve tension, mellow the muscles, and restore free-flowing fluency to the toxin-dispersal chutes of the lymphatic system. During effleurage, the hands smoothly circle the skin like epidermal ice skates as a primer for renewed venous and lymphatic circulation. The petrissage and tapotement strokes knead and knock on pressure points in the humanhide, while friction strokes untie the knots in the shoelaces of your muscle fibers. The vibration stroke goes all "cell-phone setting during a ballet" on the back and the limbs to get blood and muscles moving. The lesser-known high-five move at the end of the Swedish massage generates camaraderie and coolness.
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